The second indigenous warship of the Visakhapatnam-class stealth guided missile destroyers, Mormugao, of Indian Navy was launched at Mazagon Dock on Saturday .
The warship, Mormugao, will be the fifth frontline warship, including the indigenous aircraft carrier, being launched in the last six years.
Both Visakhapatnam and Mormugao will be commissioned in 2020-2024 into the force.
A defence official said that these ships are packed state-of-the-art weapons and sensors.
With a launch weight of 2,844 tonnes, the vessel set sail at 11.58 am on September 17 during a ceremony at which Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba was the chief guest.
Admiral Lanba said that the event was “India's quest for self-reliance and indigenization. The Indian Navy stands fully committed to the call of Make in India...“ He added that this also is “an affirmation of our resolve that the Indian Navy should attain a size and capability that is commensurate with India's growing stature in the world, our national maritime interests, and our commitment to cooperation and collaboration towards ensuring secure seas for shaping a favourable and positive maritime environment.
This warship spans 163 metres in length and displaces 7,300 tonnes. The warships are amongst the most technologically advanced guided missile destroyers of the world. These ships have been designed for a complement of 50 officers and 250 sailors. The ship's “fire power“ consists of sophisticated weapons-sensor suite including vertically launched surface-to-air missiles and surface-to-surface missiles.